§ Mr. TURNER
asked the President of the Board of Trade if any agreement is, or has been, sought with Germany respecting a working arrangement or agreement relative to dyes and dye-making; and, if so, whether he will lay the matter before Parliament for the Members of the House of Commons to express their opinion thereon before such an agreement is finally made or ratified?
Proposals for an arrangement have been for some time under discussion between the British Dyestuffs'1188W Corporation and the Interessen-Gemein-schaft, and it is understood that they are still continuing. The Board of Trade are not a party to these negotiations, and as, so far as the Board are aware, the discussions have not yet terminated, no conclusions have been laid before the Board. If a draft agreement be eventually put forward it will require the serious attention of the Government, and I will consider the question of making a statement to the House without delay.